Dec 23, 2014

Tampa Bay Water Awards Grants to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo and Keep Tampa Beautiful received $10,000 in grants

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will use the funds to make source water protection a consistent theme in its education and outreach efforts. The Zoo is in the early stages of planning initiatives that will shape its role in conservation and source water protection over the next quarter century. The grant funding will go to developing education materials, exhibits, signage, website content and other educational programming.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will use the funds for education initiatives, which include presentations to school and community groups. This also includes their annual Youth Environmental Education Conference that hosts high school and college students. Programs focus on litter prevention, waste reduction, conservation and beautification. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful also works to cultivate and support environmental citizenship; draw awareness, understanding and appreciation to Florida’s fragile ecosystem.

To qualify for a grant, applicants provided a plan for a project or event related to source water protection in the Tampa Bay Water service area. The program grants funds from $2,000 to $10,000 for community-based activities.

All mini-grant applications received were reviewed and screened against the program’s selection criteria. Funds will be granted in 2015.